Tuesday January 19th, 2016

I asked LA’s Giovani Dos Santos about finding chemistry on the field with teammates like Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane after joining the Galaxy in midseason and not achieving what the team wanted in the playoffs. Here’s what he said: “I think it’s easy. To play with players like Stevie or Robbie, it’s easy for me to adapt. It’s different [in MLS] from the type of game in Europe. Here it’s more physical, there it’s more technical. MLS is growing, and it needs a few more years to get to the prestige of Europe. But it will get there.”

Dos Santos had three goals and five assists in 10 games with the Galaxy, with two goals and three assists coming in his first three games.

Dos Santos said he spoke yesterday with Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, and he’s hoping to be on Mexico’s Copa América Centenario team in June. As for another coach, LA’s Bruce Arena, Dos Santos was complimentary.

“He’s a manager who’s very close, who knows a lot about soccer, a guy who wins. More than just a coach, he has a friendship with all the players. The most important thing is he knows what the team needs: To win titles.”

I also asked Dos Santos about the murmurs that national team buddy Carlos Vela could join MLS from Real Sociedad. Dos Santos smiled. “I can’t say anything. He’s my friend. I’ve spoken with him, and he had many questions about MLS. In the future, there are many Mexican players who want to come to this league.”

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